Last Gentleman: A Novel

Last Gentleman: A Novel

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by Walker Percy, Percy
     
 

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Will Barrett is a 25-year-old wanderer from the South living in New York City, detached from his roots and with no plans for the future, until the purchase of a telescope sets off a romance and changes his life forever.

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Will Barrett is a 25-year-old wanderer from the South living in New York City, detached from his roots and with no plans for the future, until the purchase of a telescope sets off a romance and changes his life forever.

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“Brilliant...It shimmers with the chaste and civilized ornaments of irony, understatement, and compassion.” —Time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312243081
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
537,096
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Walker Percy is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestsellers The Moviegoer and The Thanatos Syndrome. He was awarded numerous prizes in his lifetime, including the National Book Award, and is considered one of the greatest American writers of our time. He lived in Covington, Louisiana, until his death in 1990.

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Last Gentleman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What will become of Will Barrett? What will become of Sutter Vaught? Although Sutter does not appear until the second half of the book, he is as important to the story as the protagonist. Will seems set on a life of indifferent survival, when his attraction to a woman he spots in Central Park entangles his life with her family's. He engages on an odyssey through the South, where he revisits the scene of the most important event of his life-- the place where his father committed suicide. Despite the serious events at the heart of the story, there is a great deal of humor in Percy's depictions of people, who display stereotypical behavior, but are not stereotypes.The novel races to its conclusion, with Will surprisingly taking a more active role in life.
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